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Taking a Long Look featured in the TLS

Added on 19/03/2021

Reading Vivian Gornick often feels like watching someone paint: you’re not sure, at first, what it’s going to be, but you’re happy to follow her brushstrokes as the picture emerges.

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Photographic featured in Comics Beat for Women’s History Month

Added on 17/03/2021

“a lush, dreamlike journey through some of photographer Graciela Iturbide’s formative moments, punctuated by her own photographs”

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The Girl with the Braided Hair reviewed in Arab News

Added on 15/03/2021

From Ottoman palaces, battles and love stories, Adly’s novel is brilliantly detailed and complex. Her characters are multi-faceted with dreams and desires that push against the tide, at points in history where political revolutions and decisions can change lives in an instant.

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A Band with Built-In Hate reviewed in The Irish Mail on Sunday

Added on 14/03/2021

In a recent interview, Pete Townshend said he sometimes feels like he ended up in the wrong band. The mythology of The Who tends to accentuate the craziness…

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Planet of Viruses featured in The Guardian

Added on 13/03/2021

‘Best Books to Understand Vaccines’: A Planet of Viruses offers an edifying tour of the improbable world of viruses, which is also our world. The strategies our bodies have devised for survival are endlessly matched by viruses, with their uncanny intelligence for evolution.

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A Band with Built-In Hate reviewed in The Daily Mail

Added on 13/03/2021

The first half of ‘A Band with Built-In Hate’ vividly reanimates the nasty, transgressive, scene-shaping thrill of The Who’s beginnings…

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Foie Gras: A Global History reviewed in Booklist

Added on 12/03/2021

A savory, unctuous delight, foie gras ranks near the top of a gourmet’s most prized and coveted
gustatory pleasures. Kolpas’ enthusiasm shines forth throughout, yet he refrains from belittling foie gras’ adversaries.

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Otter reviewed in the TLS

Added on 12/03/2021

At last, beavers and otters are rewilding Britain. Keystone animals in their ecosystems, these two hydrophilic mammals have seen similar treatment over their history…

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A Rainbow Palate featured in the TLS

Added on 12/03/2021

In this elegant and insightful book, the historian of science Carolyn Cobbold charts the process by which dyes that had been developed for the mass production of textiles came to be used in manufactured food stuffs from pickles to porridge oats.

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Red Metropolis author interviewed by the New Statesman

Added on 12/03/2021

Owen Hatherley: “I really hoped that with Grenfell the ‘metropolitan elite’ debate would just die”… the writer discusses his new book and the future of the urban left.

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Survey of London: Oxford Street reviewed in the LRB

Added on 09/03/2021

Oxford Street turns up the magnification to a level of detail that is richly impressive and especially compelling just now…with the West End in its present state of suspended animation, the survey’s promenade through its past…

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Wanderers featured in The Guardian for International Women’s Day

Added on 08/03/2021

It was a scorching day in June when I climbed Scafell Pike for the first time. The sky was a spectacular blue, and there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other people out on the mountain paths…

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